Leading SCADA network and telemetry supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its continued participation in the ‘Learn and Work’ programme with TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus.
This innovative programme combines training at TU Dublin with blocks of work placement at EMR. This work experience gives students the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by EMR staff and develop the work-ready skills to gain employment upon graduation.
The course is part-funded by Irish Medtech Skillnet which in turn is financially supported by member companies and the Training Networks Programme through the Department of Education and Skills.
The programme delivers lots of benefit for employers, in a market where automation skills are in much demand.
Commenting on the development, Derek Glynn, COO with EMR said:
“We have access to graduates who come with a high level of industry experience from day one. Through their four-year placement with us, they’re already embedded in the culture of our organisation, understand how we work and what it’s like to work in a challenging environment.”
Richard Bodnar is the company’s student for the 2018/2019 intake and is pursuing a BSc in Process Instrumentation & Automation. Similar to an apprenticeship scheme, Richard attends college every Monday and spends four days a week with the EMR team, when he gets the opportunity to work on small plant automation and SCADA design. He is mentored by senior EMR engineers and even graduates from last year’s programme.
From September to January next year, Richard will attend TU Dublin, Blanchardstown.
EMR first engaged with the ‘Learn and Work’ scheme back in August 2017, when Mechatronics students Dean Glynn and Darragh Quinn joined. The program is designed to provide highly-educated students for the changing needs of industry.
Pic l-r are: David Peyton, Academic Coordinator with TU Dublin, Richard Bodnar, EMR and Mark Keyes, Work Placement Coordinator with TU Dublin